Alissa Margulis

Alissa Margulis Hi-res

Violin Professor/Guest Artist
Professor - Royal Conservatory in Brussels, Belgium


Alissa teaches in:
  • English
  • French
  • Russian

The Guardian describes Alissa Margulis’ playing as “exceptional“, Ivry Gitlis praises it as “a revelation” and Martha Argerich calls her a “strong musical personality”.

Appreciated for her expressive and very emotional performances, Alissa Margulis regularly plays in important concert halls such as the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Cologne Philharmony, the Vienna Musikverein, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf and Zurich, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Beethovenhalle Bonn, or the Schönberg Hall in Los Angeles.

Born in Germany into a family of Russian musicians, Alissa Margulis studied in Cologne with Zakhar Bron, in Brussels with Augustin Dumay and in Vienna with Pavel Vernikov.

She made her first public appearance at the age of seven with the Budapest Soloists and has performed since then with numerous orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National d’Ile de Frane, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, Bilkent Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Belgian National Orchestra, the SWR and WDR Orchestras, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Kiev, Skopje, Ljubljana and Novosibirsk, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Kremerata Baltica, amongst others.

Alissa Margulis worked together with famous conductors: Jacques Mercier, Arnold Katz, Jaap van Zweden, Enrique Mazzola, Daniel Raiskin, Fabrice Bollon, François-Xavier Roth, Howard Griffiths, Hubert Soudant, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Christian Arming, Augustin Dumay, Mikko Franck and Gerd Albrecht to name just a few of them.

Besides her solo career Alissa Margulis is an enthusiastic chamber music player and collaborates with artists such as Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, David Geringas, Ivry Gitlis, Gidon Kremer, Bruno Giuranna, Mischa Maisky, Gabriela Montero, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexandre Tharaud, Alexander Lonquich, Polina Leschenko and Lars Vogt.

She further appeared at various Festivals: at the Enescu Festival Bucharest, Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, in Davos, Tours, Stravanger Festival, at the Mozartwoche Salzburg, “Spannungen”-Festival in Heimbach, “Progetto” Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Verbier Festival and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

In the framework of „Martha Argerich and Friends“ EMI Classics released 6 CDs with chamber music and duo repertoire in which Alissa Margulis appears. She recorded all piece of Franz Liszt for violin and piano for Oehms Classics and for the label Novalis Alissa Margulis recorded Mozart’s Violin Concerto no. 4 with the Camerata Switzerland under the baton of Howard Griffith.

Margulis’ recording of Alexander Glazunov’s violin concerto together with the Orchestra delle Svizzerra Italiana under the baton of Hubert Soudant will be released soon. As well as a klezmer CD together with Roby Lakatos, Myriam Fuks, Polina Leschenko and Mischa Maisky. Alissa Margulis is a titleholder of many international competitions, amongst others the Wieniawski competition in Poland, Spohr competition in Germany, competition for violin in Novosibirsk, Viotti Vercelli competition in Italy, Osaka chamber music competition in Japan, UNISA competition in Pretoria and the Vittorio Gui competition in Florence.

She was rewarded with the “Pro Europa” prize of the European Arts Foundation in 2002, which was presented to her by Daniel Barenboim in Berlin. In 2004 Alissa Margulis received the “Nouvelle Artiste” award of the Juventutis festival in Cambrai.

In the season 2014/15 Alissa Margulis will perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the State Theatre Cottbus. Furthermore she will be a guest at the Mozart Festival 2015 in Mexico.

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